WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Police say a Wilmington man who was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Reserves strangled his estranged girlfriend before killing himself earlier this week.
Wilmington Police Detective Lee Odham tells local media that the results of an autopsy confirm that 23-year-old Rebecca Jones was strangled. Jones was a student at Cape Fear Community College and grew up in Rindge, New Hampshire.
Authorities say that 26-year-old Justin Hakeem Walker of Wilmington died after shooting himself in the head around 2:30 p.m. Monday at a shooting range. A note left at the scene said authorities would find his girlfriend dead in his apartment.
Wilmington police later found Jones’ body.
Odham says a second note written by Walker and found with Jones’ body indicated Walker was upset because the couple was breaking up.
Walker had previous run-ins with the law.
Jennifer Crumley, then Jennifer Croft, said she was a close friend of Rebecca Jones. Crumley said she told police Walker held a gun to her friend’s head after a night out celebrating Jones’s 21st Birthday.
Walker was charged with simple assault, assault by pointing a gun, and going armed to the terror of the public.
Crumley said she met Jones in 2012 when they were neighbors, and became fast friends. In the early morning of June 1, 2014, Crumley said she and two other friends brought Jones back home to her apartment. She said Walker later showed up intoxicated and began to argue with Jones.
Here’s what Crumley said happened next:
“In the past their arguments have gotten physical. So I asked my two friends to take Rebecca outside, I spoke with Justin and explained I would take Becca home with me to keep everyone safe and we could all get together the next day. He said OK. I left, and as I was walking down the steps (Rebecca lived on the third floor) , Justin came running down the steps, went into his car got his gun and loaded it. One friend, Michael, took Becca and ran to my house, Justin grabbed the other Michael and held the gun to his head. As soon as Justin’s back was to me, I ran also.”